Hip Kitty

Hip Kitty

 Gallatin, Tennessee, USA
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All Around, In Your Face, Super Sexy, American Rock!

Biography

Hip Kitty
Biography

Just who is Hip Kitty anyway? They are an explosive, four-piece rock band with a five-foot-eleven-inch blonde bombshell whose vocals are as commanding as her sexy looks. Combine her with the band’s tight rhythm and harmonies––and incredible songs––and you have an electrifying combination that excites and mesmerizes audiences everywhere. Who is Hip Kitty? They are all-American, sexy-ass rock!

Hip Kitty was founded in 2002 and since then has made a name for themselves across the globe. Each member of Hip Kitty demonstrates a unique talent, look, and energy, and their chemistry as a band is undeniable. Joining the sultry, powerhouse vocals and in-your-face stage presence of front person Jen Halverson is her right-hand man, guitar player Mike Goncalves. Mike is the life of the party and has a true love for the crowd. Whether live or recorded, there is no denying Mike’s obvious talent in creating memorable rock riffs. Serious and aggressive, bass player Rich Schiavo is the perfect counterpart to Mike’s driving guitar licks and powerful presence. Rich brings the rumble and fist-pumping rawness to the Hip Kitty extravaganza. He's also the voice that adds seamless harmonies to Jen's lead vocals. “Rich adds a curve to our sound and I couldn’t be happier,” said Jen. “We write with dominant harmonies in mind. You know how people who are related can create awesome harmony? Rich is like my brother from another mother.” Locked in and focused, drummer Mark Chrisawn is the calm that erupts into the storm. He is the solid ground on which their high-energy show is built.

Hip Kitty's passion for entertaining can be seen and heard during each performance, but the magic starts with creating and making music, which is the foundation of what Hip Kitty does. The band’s 2008 release, The Art of War, is a diverse compilation of lyrics, melodies and musical arrangements written by Hip Kitty. Engineered by George Tutko (whose credits include John Mellencamp, Deborah Harry and Rod Stewart) and produced by Hip Kitty, Shawn Conley and Mark Slaughter, it opens with the motivating instrumental “The March of the Tzu,” which showcases the band’s brawny musicianship. Jen’s dazzling vocals on “Flash,” and the haunting melodic lines and pouring vocals of “Alive,” follow. Song-by-song, note-by-note, the members of Hip Kitty establish themselves as a musical force to be reckoned with. Angst for lost dreams is the subject of “Cry Myself to Sleep” and is followed by a breathy story of ending love in “After Forever.” Memories and regrets are palpable in “I Wish You Enough” and the band gets listeners on their feet with the beat of “Sweat.” Other standout tracks include the creative production of “Other Personality,” the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of “My Forgiveness,” and the powerful disc ending “A Same New Day.” Throughout, Hip Kitty brings edgy music, dynamic lyrics, and solid, creative musicianship to listeners.

“The fact that we love music––everything from Iron Maiden, Nickelback, and The Beatles, to Papa Roach––gives us a wealth of ideas to draw on,” said Mike. The rest of the band agrees and it is easy to see why their music works so well both in the studio and in front of live audiences.

Another thing Hip Kitty agrees on is that it is good to give back. They support several charities, including Hattie Larlham, a family of nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

While they love U.S. audiences, Hip Kitty also goes to special lengths to entertain fans overseas. The band has built a loyal fan base entertaining fans with their high-octane performances from Key West to Africa to the Middle East. Hip Kitty enthusiastically supports our troops by touring military bases, whose locations include: Curacao, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Bahrain and Kuwait. “Hip Kitty puts on an incredible live show that never fails to connect with their audience,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Jamie Fleischhacker, Western Hemisphere Circuit Manager for Armed Forces Entertainment. “Their innovative sound and high-energy stage presence turn every performance into one big party.”

Hip Kitty’s approachability sets them apart from other rock bands, even with Jen's "Jagger-ish" on-stage presence. She is simultaneously sexy and vulnerable, girl-next-door and wildcat. The band feeds off her energy and so do their audiences. “Hip Kitty makes sure that their audience has as much fun listening or singing along with them as they do onstage during any performance,” Jane McKee, owner of Jane’s World Entertainment said. “It's all about the fans for us,” said Rich. “We love them and will stay until every autograph is signed.”

Hip Kitty rocks the globe, dominates their fans visually and musically, gives back to others, and each counts the other band members as a best friend. While they currently are on the road up to 250 dates a year, they are also writing for their next albu

Lyrics

* Better Aim to Kill Me

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves

Better Aim to Kill Me

Bambie’s on the highway and the cars are driving fast
Saving face priority while you destroy the past

You better aim to kill me
While you got me down
Reap the consequences
This is my battleground

Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me

I tried to tell you but you want it all your way
And now I’m at the edge welcome to judgment day
He heard that hell was full so Satan gave me back
I’m fire unattended ready to attack

You better aim to kill me
While you got me down
Reap the consequences
This is my battleground

Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me

You better aim to kill me
While you got me down
Reap the consequences
This is my battleground

Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me
Shoot- better aim to kill me

You better aim to kill me
While you got me down
Reap the consequences
This is my battleground

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

* Alive

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves

ALIVE

LIGHTNING IS FLASHING IN THE DISTANCE
I’LL FOLLOW ITS GLOW
FRIGHTNING THE DOVES IN SKIES ARE FIGHTING
WITH NO WHERE TO GO
RISE UP, THE ART OF WAR IS CALLING
TAKE MY SIDE
HIDING IS NEVER JUSTIFYING
LET THEM GO AND TAKE ME

ALIVE
LET THEM GO AND TAKE ME
ALIVE
GONNA BREATHE EVERY BREATH
GONNA WALK EVERY LINE
DANCE WITH DEATH TILL I MAKE MY DESIGN
TAKE EVERY STEP
GONNA MAKE THAT CLIMB
ONLY WAY THAT I’LL LIVE
IS TO LIVE MY LIFE

BEAUTY IS FOUND WITHIN THE MAKING
ALLOW IT TO GROW
I’M TAKING THIS PATH THAT MIGHT BE SHAKY
TO BE ALL I KNOW
DRIVEN BY WHAT TO EYES ARE HIDDEN
FOUND IN SOUL
GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHANGE WHAT’S WRITTEN
LET THEM GO AND TAKE ME

ALIVE
LET THEM GO AND TAKE ME
ALIVE
GONNA BREATHE EVERY BREATH
GONNA WALK EVERY LINE
DANCE WITH DEATH TILL I MAKE MY DESIGN
TAKE EVERY STEP
GONNA MAKE THAT CLIMB
IN THE FACE OF FEAR I SMILE
LET THEM TAKE ME
ALIVE
LET THEM GO AND TAKE ME
ALIVE

(BRIDGE)

(CH)

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

* Break Me

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves


BREAK ME

THIS WORLD IS TRYIN TO BREAK ME
AT TIMES I FEEL ITS IDIOTS LEFT IN SOCIETY
MY WHITE FLAGS UP AND THIS IS MY PLEA
HELP ME FIND A WAY THROUGH MANIACS
TO STILL SUCCEED
EVERYDAY IT FEELS THE SAME
SUCH STUPID PEOPLE PLAY THIS GAME
LIKE HITTING BASEBALL BATS AGAINST MY BRAIN
GOD HELP MY SANITY REMAIN

YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ME, YOU’RE GONNA TAME ME, MAKE ME CRAZY
YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ME, YOU’RE GONNA TAME ME, MAKE ME CRAZY

BREAK ME, BREAK ME, BREAK ME
BREAK ME, BREAK ME, BREAK ME

MY LIFE I FEEL YOU’RE TAKING
GO AHEAD AND GET ME OUT OF DAYS FULL OF COMPLAINING
I’LL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
I WON’T GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO MAKE MY OWN DESTINY
EVERYDAY IT FEELS THE SAME
SUCH STUPID PEOPLE PLAY THIS GAME
LIKE HITTING BASEBALL BATS AGAINST MY BRAIN
GOD HELP MY SANITY REMAIN

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THAT SHOW ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER? YOU KNOW I GOTTA LAUGH CAUSE I THINK OF YOU AND SOMETHIMES I WONDER JUST HOW YOU GET BY CAUSE YOU KNOW DARLIN YOU NEED COMMON SENSE TO LIVE LIFE.

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

* I Wish You Enough

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves

I WISH YOU ENOUGH

I READ THE NEWS TODAY
IT’S ON THE SECOND PAGE
YOU MADE A PROMISE
AND THE SMILE IS ON HER FACE
YEARS AGO I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE
THAT YOU’D SEE THERE
SET TO HAVE YOUR LAST NAME
NOW I KNOW THAT LIFE’S NOT FAIR
IT’S NOT MY CHOICE OF ENDING TO PLAY
BUT I STILL SAY

I WISH YOU ENOUGH, WHOA
HAPPINESS AND LOVE, WHOA
PRAYERS TO KEEP YOU FREE
IN THE HARD TIMES THAT WILL BRING
I’LL LEAVE THE MEMORIES OF US
TO WISH YOU ENOUGH

YOU’LL HAVE TO PLEASE FORGIVE ME
CAUSE I WON’T MAKE THE DATE
IT’S JUST TOO MUCH TO HANDLE
AND I’M TRYING NOT TO BREAK
FOR NOW I’LL KEEP OUR PICTURES
BOXED UP ON THE FLOOR
AND SOMEDAY I WILL LOOK AT THEM
CONTENT WITH PEACE I’M SURE
AND I’LL FIND MY HAPPY ENDING SOMEDAY
SO YOU CAN SAY

(CH)

I READ THE NEWS TODAY
IT’S ON THE SECOND PAGE

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

* Sweat

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves

SWEAT

TICK TOCK OF THE CLOCK ANYTIME COME AND TAKE ME
I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WAYS YOU BEND AND BREAK ME
WHAT’S REAL OUT PLAYS MY FANTASY
ANOTHER VICTIM OF LOVES CASUALTY, OH YEAH

SO TAKE ME ANYWAY YOU WANT ME
BREAK ME THE CRACKS JUST MAKE IT MORE EXCITING
TAKE ME ANYWAY YOU WANT ME
WRAP ME UP IN YOUR ARMS
YOU KNOW IT MAKES ME WANNA SWEAT
MAKES ME WANNA SWEAT

COME CLOSER TO ME NOW SO I CAN EASE
MY TEMPERATURE TURNED UP ON HIGH DEGREE
AND AS YOU START TO UNDRESS I WANNA MAKE A CONFESSION
NO ONE AFFECTS ME LIKE THIS OH BOY YOU MAKE AN IMPRESSION, OH YEAH

LET THE FIRE BURN IN ME
LET THE FIRE BURN IN ME
LET THE FIRE BURN IN ME
OH YEAH, COME ON

CH

MAKES ME WANNA SWEAT
MAKES ME WANNA SWEAT
MAKES ME WANNA SWEAT

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

* Stuck in a Rut

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves

STUCK IN A RUT

CONCRETES THICK WITH NO SUCH LUCK
THE LAST TEN YEARS STUCK IN A RUT
SEARCHING OUT TO FIND MYSELF
I’M LIKE A HERMIT STUCK IN HER SHELL

MOTIVATE ME, I’M SUFFICATING
WAITINGS MAKING MY HEAD LAZY
I’M STUCK IN A RUT

I’M STUCK, I’M STUCK IN A RUT
I’M STUCK, I’M STUCK IN A RUT
I’M STUCK, I’M STUCK IN A RUT
I’M STUCK, I’M STUCK IN A RUT
HIT ME HARD WAKE ME UP
CAUSE I’M STUCK INA RUT

I THINK THERES SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME
THIS MOOD IS NOW MY ENEMY
I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO BREATHE
I’M HANDCUFFED TO COMPLACENCY

(PC)
(CH)
(SOLO)
(PC)
(CH)

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

* Eazy come Eazy Go

Written By: Jen Halverson/ Mike Goncalves

Eazy Come Eazy Go

You say you think I’m easy
And I said your ass is fat
Well I’ve come to the conclusion
This man ain’t worth all of that
I would never think to throw out years of good times
For what always ends in pain
I won’t go and execute my accomplice
For a man that drives us both insane

Take a piece and go
Love it all goes cold
Take a piece and go
And you’ll never have to know
Eazy come easy go

So please forgive me
I said you pick your nose
And I let it slide you told that man I make
All my clothes
I don’t see what harm a fix of satisfaction
Would cause if he don’t know my name
We can let it be our little dirty secret and this way
It won’t cause her shame
(ch)

I won’t let my minor difficult infraction
Come and rain on my parade
I will just deny that I have ever met you
She’ll never know that she got played
(ch)

Eazy come, eazy go
Eazy come, eazy go

Copyright 2008 Prosphile Publishing LLC (BMI)

Discography

"Hip Kitty Live" 2006
"The Art Of War" 2008
"Agony & Ecstasy"
"Better Aim To Kill Me"

Set List

Hip Kitty
-A Same New Day
-After Forever
-Alive
-Better Aim to Kill Me
-Break Me
-Cry Myself to Sleep
-Eazy Come Eazy Go
-Flash
-I Wish You Enough
-Lead On
-Make It Last All Night
-My Forgiveness
-Other Personality
-Perfect
-Saving Grace
-Simple Life
-Stand Up
-Stuck In a Rut
-Sweat
-Why Are U Still Here

3 Dog Night
-Jeremiah Was A Bull Frog

3 Doors Down
-Kryptonite

AC/DC
-Highway to Hell
-You Shook Me All Night
-Rock n’ Roll Train

Aerosmith
-Sweet Emotion
-Jaded
-Walk This Way

Alanis Morissette
-You oughta Know

All American Rejects
-Dirty Little Secret

Ataris
-Boys of Summer

Avril Lavigne
-Girlfriend
-Sk8ter Boi

Beatles
- Helter Skelter
- Twist and Shout

Billy Squier
-Everybody Wants You

Black Crows
-Hard to Handle

Black Sabbath
- Iron Man

Blink 182
-All The Small Things

Bon Jovi
-Livin on a Prayer
-You Give Love a Bad Name

Bowling For Soup
-1985